Coral reef restoration research receives charitable boost

Part of the work of building the resilience of coral reefs is planting corals, as shown in this staghorn coral photo. -Photo: CCMI

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute received a donation of $ 68,000 from the AALL Foundation to support its work on the coral restoration ground.

The funds will boost the CCMI’s Coral Restoration Program, launched in 2012 in partnership with the Cayman Islands Department of the Environment. The institute now has three nurseries that support coral restoration research dedicated to improving intervention strategies in the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean.

“Funding from the AALL Foundation comes at a critical time for CCMI as our research program works hard to unlock the secrets of coral resilience, embarking on a deliberate five-year research program to develop a coral community. more resilient and robust, ”CCMI President Carrie Manfrino said in a press release.

“CCMI and our marine field station in Little Cayman offer modern laboratory facilities, an intact coral reef ecosystem, and significant scientific affiliations – which are essential to strengthen CCMI’s ability to advance the frontiers of regeneration knowledge.” corals. We are deeply grateful to the AALL Foundation for this support.

AALL administrator Sophia Harris said the donation is part of the work the foundation has strived to support over the past 30 years.

“It is hoped that with increased awareness of the endangerment of our reefs and ecosystems in general, CCMI and even any initiative to improve these conditions will gain further support,” Harris said in a statement. hurry.

“It is hoped that the work they are doing will not only have a positive impact on Cayman, but ultimately provide useful data and research, on a global scale. We are convinced that our funding this year at CCMI is an excellent charitable contribution and an investment in improving our ecosystem and therefore our own future. “

The focus on CCMI’s restoration efforts was renewed in December 2018 at a private dinner hosted in London by the institute’s sponsor Prince Edward.

“With rising water temperatures threatening the health of coral reefs, the team knows they must move forward quickly with their restoration efforts if they are to help protect coral reefs in the Cayman Islands and the region. Caribbean, “said a press release from CCMI.

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